I'm always looking for ways to try to make my fabric work looser and more spontaneous, but it wasn't until I read Paula's comment on my Extreme Journaling post that I realized I could use the same techniques that I apply to journaling to my fabric work. (Thank you Paula!)
I decided to try the prompts I made for Mixed Media journaling and see how well they could be adapted to fiber. I know I could use mixed media on fiber and the prompts would work just fine, but I wanted to limit myself to fabric and thread for now.
I started by slapping on background color. I quickly pulled 5 pieces from my fabric pile, tore them in strips and patches. I randomly drew one after another and stitched it to my background:
Drawing from my prompts, I got "Find something unusual to add texture." Sticking with fabric and thread, there wasn't much unusual I could add, but I did find a linen selvedge I had dyed and pieces of embroidered gauze that I used wrong side out:
Next I drew, "Add line." The gauze flowers were floating in the sky, so I decided to add a ladder up to them. I also outlined the flowers to help them pop:
Finally I drew, "Add dots." I wanted a bit of brightness, so I scrunched up off-white sheer fabric and stitched it with a black cross stitch to tie in with the ladder. I also added black straight stitches to integrate the brown background, but they don't show up much in the photo:
It's really exciting to work so freely and have no idea where I'm headed with a piece. I'm going to make a new set of prompts especially for fiber work and play with those for a while.